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Georgia Micro Lab Slashes TAT by Almost Two Days

CEO SUMMARY: Two projects to boost the performance of the microbiology laboratory at University Health Services in Augusta, Ga., significantly reduced test turnaround times in ways that contributed to improved patient outcomes. The first project was in 2016, when the lab introduced mass spectrometry and MALDI-TOF for bacterial infections, cutting turnaround times from 104 to

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March 21, 2016 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

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Tougher times in the clinical lab testing market have claimed another lab company. On February 28, Artherotech, Inc., posted a notice on its website stating that it had closed permanently, as of that date. Along with its several hundred employees, Artherotech’s closure caught many lab executives by surprise. Founded in 1994, during the heyday of closed-panel

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February 8, 2016 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

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Microbiology’s most important reagent is undergoing a supply crunch and becoming more expensive. Agar production is being affected by two factors. One is the increased global demand for seaweed. The second are new restrictions on the trade of seaweed, intended to protect natural stocks of seaweed. In December, Thermo Fisher Scientific of Waltham, Massachusetts, said it

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Combining Lean with Lab Automation to Get Impressive Results – July 13, 2015

CEO SUMMARY: By combining total lab automation with Lean techniques in a comprehensive makeover of its microbiology lab, one of the largest labs providing hospital acute care and community microbiology services in North America achieved major benefits. Benefits ranged from improvements in lab result turnaround time and reduced errors to significant gains in staff productivity and the quality of

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Detroit Hospital Develops 10 Ways To Add More Value

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CEO SUMMARY: Clinical labs are beginning to make the transition from a volume-based financial model to a model based on value-based payments. To survive this transition, labs must find ways to create value. The lab at Henry Ford Health System has identified 10 ways that it can contribute more value to physicians and its parent health system. One way is to help eliminate needless tests and processes. Other initiatives involve improving supplier processes, helping to reduce patient length of stay, creating a lab test formulary, and demonstrating the financial efficacy of all lab interventio

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Combining Lean with Lab Automation to Get Impressive Results

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CEO SUMMARY: By combining total lab automation with Lean techniques in a comprehensive makeover of its microbiology lab, one of the largest labs providing hospital acute care and community microbiology services in North America achieved major benefits. Benefits ranged from improvements in lab result turnaround time and reduced errors to significant gains in staff productivity and the quality of lab test results. Productivity improvements allowed the micro lab to absorb a 15% increase in specimen volume while staff levels were reduced by six full-time equivalent MLTs.

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Combining Lean Techniques with Lab Automation to Get Impressive Results

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PROBABLY NO AREA OF CLINICAL LABORATORY MEDICINE is experiencing the dramatic transformation happening in microbiology. From rapid molecular testing to the full automation of traditional manual processes, significant changes are happening in microbiology labs.

Moreover, the smart use of Lean techniques and quality management techniques magnify the positive effects of these new diagnostic technologies and automation

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